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day weekend. sarah simmons is joining us live with the latest. >> reporter: well some people have already had their vacation plans interrupted early. from what we know this morning, we know that folks on the north carolina island of ocracoke have been evacuated as well as hatteras island is also being evacuated. now we've learned within the hour. and hurricane earl is now a category three. it has been downgraded but make no mistake about it here, it can still do a lot of damage with winds packing up to 125 miles per hour right now. maryland emergency officials are meeting today about the impact it's expected to have on ocean city. the mayor there said they have about 200,000 people there now leading up to this big labor day weekend. city officials are also warning swimmers about the dangerous riptides there in the water. now here in d.c. they don't expect much from hurricane earl. however, residents are being asked to prepare for power outages and flooding similar to what we have seen during the severe storms lately. virginia governor bob mcdonnell is expected to declare a statewi
. iraqi forces are there for training and not fighting. sarah simmons joins us with more. >> reporter: the president didn't claim victory but did declare an end to combat missions in iraq. from the oval office the president said the united states paid a huge price. now operation new dawn begins for troops and diplomats who remain in iraq. >> the country appreciates you, i appreciate you. and the most -- the most pride i take in my job is being your commander-in-chief. >> reporter: the message from president obama to u.s. troops is resonating overseas. >> it's a good feeling and a feel of of accomplishment that i did my part as well as many soldiers before me and soldiers now and you just have a sense that you left something much better than you found it. >> reporter: as the training continues, president obama delivered an oval office speech announcing a change in the mission. >> if we remove nearly 100,000 u.s. troops from iraq. we've closed or transferred to the iraqis hundreds of bases. and we have moved millions of pieces of equipment out of iraq. this completes a transition to ira
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